It is not often that a technical magazine can measure its effectiveness through newspaper reports, but a recent incident in New York City provided FIRE ENGINEERING with an unusual opportunity of this nature. The November 7 afternoon edition of the New York Journal American carried an account of a member of FDNY Rescue 2 reviving a woman overcome by coal gas after standard fire department procedures had failed.
Fireman Charles Monzillo, realizing the woman was in danger of death, decided to employ “Closed Chest Cardiac Massage,” which be had read about in an article by Baltimore Fire Captain Martin C. McMahon in the September issue of FIRE ENGINEERING. AS a result, the woman lived. It was later determined she suffered from a heart ailment contracted prior to the emergency.
Naturally we are proud of the part we played in this incident and we salute Fireman Monzillo and Captain McMahon for their effective efforts. Publishing a professional magazine for fire fighters is demanding and exacting work for all concerned. When incidents such as this are reported, we feel it more than repays us for all past efforts by the knowledge that someone still enjoys life as a result of technique first reported to the fire service in these pages.